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Megan Wolfe of Snohomish County to serve on the Commission


Last updated 10/16/2020 at 12:15pm

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Girls on the Run participants are taught critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions

Girls on the Run International (GOTRI) has announced the establishment of its inaugural IDEA Commission to support inclusion, diversity, equity and access across the national nonprofit organization.

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County is proud to announce that Megan Wolfe has been selected to serve on the IDEA Commission. Wolfe, the Executive Director, brought Girls on the Run to Snohomish County in 2015 and has led the organization through rapid growth during its first five years and through the pandemic crisis with grace and integrity.

"This commission will help us deliver on our commitment to be a place where all people feel welcome, worthy and empowered," said Elizabeth Kunz, CEO of Girls on the Run International. "Staff and volunteer leaders from throughout our organization were intentionally selected to ensure a wide range of perspectives and experiences are brought to the meaningful work of advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and access at Girls on the Run."

GOTRI designs programming that strengthens third- to eighth-grade girls' social, emotional, physical, and behavioral skills to successfully navigate life experiences. More than 2 million girls have participated in the program since it launched 24 years ago. Girls on the Run of Snohomish County (GOTRSnoCo) formed in 2015 and has served over 1,700 girls in the past five years. GOTRSnoCo currently serves girls in seven school districts throughout Snohomish County. The program normally operates at local schools from March to June and relies on the generosity of over 200 adult volunteer coaches and team helpers. GOTRSnoCo is currently offering virtual programming the begins October 12 to ensure girls are supported during this difficult time (

The commission will be led by Juliellen Simpson-Vos, vice president of council development at GOTRI, and Ivory Patten, legal manager at GOTRI. Elizabeth Kunz, CEO, will serve on the committee to assist in strategic guidance and oversee organizational commitment.

The IDEA Commission will oversee seven subcommittees created to inform, deepen and articulate the activities and outcomes of the Commission. To learn more about the organization's ongoing commitment to IDEA, please visit

According to a longitudinal study conducted by The University of Minnesota, 97% of Girls on the Run participants said they learn critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions; and 94% of parents reported it was a valuable experience for their girl. To learn more about this international non-profit, visit 


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